Computing at Altmore
In the ever-changing digital world, it is essential that all children develop key computing skills to support them in everyday life. To ensure that we prepare our children for their future we recognise that we must provide quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively. We aim to provide all children with not only the skills to use the technology that exists today, but the life-long thinking skills and passion to continue to develop their love for computing throughout their education and beyond.
At Altmore we follow the National Curriculum for Computing. Within the teaching of Computing, children develop key skills across three areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Every week children in Key Stage One have a weekly computing slot where discrete computing skills are taught. In these lessons we teach the National Centre for Computing Education ‘Teach’ scheme of work.
In addition to this, we teach a termly Online Safety lesson to ensure that all our children become ‘digitally literate’ and know how to stay safe online when using all forms of technology. They understand the importance of keeping their personal information private; how to identify where to go for help and support if they have concerns about any content or a contact on the internet or other online technologies. Online Safety themes are revisited often and are embedded throughout the curriculum.
We also plan for the use of technology and computing skills in as many learning opportunities as possible. This helps to provide our children with concrete experiences of where and how they can use digital media in different aspects of their lives.
Every class has daily access to its own Chromebooks, iPad’s, webcam, desktop computer and interactive whiteboard. Classroom also have a range of technology available to develop speaking and listening skills these include talk buttons, recordable postcards and a chatterbox.